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Bluebeard's Closet--a Halloween poem

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Bluebeard and his Wife, by Gustave Dore
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If you're unfamiliar with Bluebeard, this links to a summary of the Brothers Grimm story.


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Bluebeard's Closet by Ralph Hamilton


When the door would open

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The eye would scarcely fall

Upon rococo patterns

Of a papered wall.

For thrusting out in stark

And shining hues

Of reds

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And perintoneal grays

And visceral blues

An intricately webbed

Resilient filigree

Of entrails

Hung from hook and hanger

With exquisite delicacy.

(Article changed on November 2, 2016 at 22:57)


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Shawn Hamilton is a reporter and teacher in California. He began his teaching career in Taiwan in 1989 when large rallies were supporting the protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

He returned to the relative calm of the (more...)

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